Looking to bring in 2018 in luxury? Don’t want a run-of-the-mill experience? Unhotel can help your New Year dreams come true. Here are six places we recommend for a luxurious New Year:
- Camp In Untamed Chambal
Our luxury eco-lodge lies in the heart of the Chambal Valley, in an oasis of tranquility nestling in sprawling acres of reclaimed woodland, just 4 hours from Delhi. This Unhotel dates back to the 1890s and was once a camp office that was restored to make it the warm and welcoming haven to travellers today. The period furniture and tasteful furnishing bring alive the stately grace of this heritage Unhotel. There is a beautiful library that lies across a pebbled courtyard.
Expect mouth-watering dishes based on age-old family recipes – authentic home-cooked buffet spreads with fresh locally sourced organically grown ingredients. The hosts will leave no stone unturned to give you the best hospitality.
- The Call of the Wild – Kanha
Tented just at the edge of the Kanha Tiger Reserve, this Unhotel camp site is dotted with “shikar” tents. ‘Call of the Wild’ was birthed by forest lovers who believe in the cause of saving tigers and most importantly preserving our environment. The reserve is not just a quintessential Indian forest but also an amazing cultural journey. It was immortalised by Kipling’s “Jungle Book” and the forests are the richest tiger habitats in the world.
The sanctuary is currently home to almost 90 majestic tigers, over 22 species of mammals, 300 species of birds and 120 species of butterflies. There is a lovely tribal village located close by. The hosts set up camp here for the love for wildlife, to support non profit organisations, to improve the lives of the underprivileged and to conserve the environment. This special Unhotel is full of local hand-me-down stories, adventure anecdotes, exciting incidents all passionately shared, re-shared and narrated by the lovely couple-Akhilesh and his wife Lia who look after the place.
- The Desert Retreat – Jaisalmer
The luxurious Desert Retreat is perched on a sand dune located in the quaint village of Jamba between Jaisalmer and Jodhpur, accessible only by road. There is magic at play everyday here with enchanting sunrises and colourful sunsets reflecting their hues everywhere. Meet the Bishnois of the Jamba village, the birthplace of the founding saint of this Rajasthani tribe. The Bishnois have lived in harmony with nature and are conservationists of the region’s flora and fauna.
You can with interact with the local craftsmen, buy special shoes, take a camel safari to the nearby salt pans, check out the migratory Demoiselle Cranes, savour a glass of wine while watching the sunset, enjoy a camel ride, or taste the local cuisine.There are eighteen air-conditioned, spacious and luxurious cottages overlooking the pool. Take a dip and watch the sun go down under the sand dunes.
- The Forest Secret – Kabini
Nestled deep in the forests, along the edge of the Nagarhole Wildlife Sanctuary, lies the Forest Secret. As its name suggests, it is a lavish forest hideout. The rooms are exquisite – from the wood furnishings to the lavish bathrooms and private balconies that look out onto the forest, this retreat has it all. For the more adventurous kinds, there are ‘glamping’ tents which come with a private deck and an open bath tub for a touch of romance and adventure to your jungle.
Guests can go on jungle safaris led by experienced rangers. Look out for large herbivores – elephants, bisons, sambars and bonnet macaques, and if you are lucky, you might spot a predator or two. Or you could take a boat safari to watch the forest’s residents come out for a drink.
- The Village Retreat – Jaipur
Located near the villages of the Meena Tribe, the Village Retreat in Kalakho is the perfect luxury escape on the Thar Desert. Learn some folk dance, ride a camel or go bird watching – just the antidote for unwinding after a busy week. Seventeen cosy cottages are interspersed around a green oasis on the backdrop of the Aravalli Hills. The porch is a good place to unwind after the activities of the day. The staff at this Unhotel are known for their hospitality, an inherent trait of the Rajasthani people. This Unhotel also has a well-stocked library and a variety of board and outdoor games. Guests can also go for short excursions and hikes with picnic lunches.